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black-ish: Season 1 (2014-2015)




Critic Consensus: Although it seems uncertain of its target audience, black-ish ingratiates with a diverse cast and engaging cultural issues.


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In this sitcom, Andre "Dre" Johnson (Anthony Anderson), a successful family man, worries that his four children are losing touch with urban, black culture because of their affluent upbringing. As a result, Season 1 sees Dre trying to teach his children about various aspects of black culture, but he enouncters several bumps in the road. Along the way, Dre and his wife Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross) face usual parental nightmares, such as their peculiar in-laws and their teenage children's dating habits. Lawrence Fishburne stars as Earl "Pops" Johnson, Dre's Father, while Raven-Symoné, Jenifer Lewis and Deon Cole hold recurring roles.


Anthony Anderson
as Andre "Dre" Johnson, Andre Johnson
Tracee Ellis Ross
as Rainbow Johnson
Peter Mackenzie
as Mr. Stevens
Yara Shahidi
as Zoey Johnson
Marcus Scribner
as Andre Johnson Jr.
Miles Brown
as Jack Johnson
Deon Cole
as Charlie Telphy
Marsai Martin
as Diane Johnson
Bill Maher
as Himself
Michael Rapaport
as Jay Sloane
Mary J. Blige
as Mirabelle Calais
Jacob Kemp
as Kris Levine
Elizabeth June
as Harriet Tubman
A.J. Tannen
as Maître' d
Sean Combs
as Elroy Savoy
Ken Jenkins
as Announcer/Bernie
Ana Ortiz
as Angelica
David L. King
as Mr. Boyer
Christopher Carroll
as Butler/Winston
Doug Simpson
as Principal Mathews
Julian de la Celle
as Andre du Maurier
Bill Doyle
as Tucker
Lee Simpson
as Aggro Guy
Sharon Muthu
as Charani
Maury Povich
as Himself
Jeff Lewis
as Pizza guy
Chris Carroll
as Butler/Winston
Ellen Karsten
as Old Lady
Emily Tarver
as Lindsey
Jennie Pierson
as Ms. Davis
Mandy Levin
as Sydney Martin
Martin Garcia
as Museum Honcho
Mari Weiss
as Doctor
Michael C. Nelson
as Nurse Larry
Forte Rodriguez
as Security Guard
Arianna Jaffier
as Little Girl
Marc Fajardo
as Fabiano
Elle Young
as Sharon
Raja Deka
as Dr. Dilip Kotwala
Caitlyn Knisely
as Young Woman
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Critic Reviews for black-ish: Season 1

All Critics (59) | Top Critics (32)

At a time when networks have been rightly excoriated for their lack of diversity both on-air and behind the scenes, the show appears like a glimmering beacon of hope and change.

September 17, 2014 | Full Review…

There's no 'ish' about it. This ambitious series, slotted right after Modern Family, looks at issues that speak to everyone in this diverse country. How do we deal with our differences and how do we balance individuality and cultural identity?

September 15, 2014 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Black-ish also gives the impression that it could do better. The writers are going to have to start by trying to keep it real-ish.

September 24, 2014 | Full Review…

[It] works on several levels -- multigenerational sitcom, workplace comedy, cultural and class satire. Will it have Cosby Show crossover appeal? That's one of those questions we shouldn't have to ask in post-racial America, but it tackles it with finesse.

September 24, 2014 | Full Review…

Black-ish is about the upper-middle-class black experience, but it refuses to oversimplify the place that oversimplifications have in our hearts.

September 24, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's scattered, and in the first episode it doesn't push envelopes or test edges.

September 24, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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